2010

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'Loser' Labor Standoff

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A summary of the IATSE "Biggest Loser" strike and a photo from the picket lines. See The Hollywood Reporter. Note - because this is from the weekly edition, a subscription is required to view the page. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Check out my residuals chart there too.

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A “New” Entertainment Union - And a Possible Name

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AFTRA is interested in merger with the Screen Actors Guild, but not if the effort is going to fail again. So we learn from an article appearing in the just-mailed Spring 2010 issue of AFTRA Magazine. Joining SAG and AFTRA to create a single union is essential to performers’ maximizing their power. It’s undoubtedly an idea whose time has come.”

Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

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Remember the lawsuit that former SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First members (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed against their own union? You may have blissfully forgotten this misbegotten legal action, filed a year and a half ago (!), but the courts haven’t. Or maybe not.

The Anti-SAG Lawsuit That Won't Quite Die

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Remember the lawsuit filed by then-SAG president Alan Rosenberg, 1st VP Anne-Marie-Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord against their own Guild? That's the suit that got dismissed for the umpteenth time last month. Turns out that there's some unfinished business. SAG's lawyers filed a motion for court costs, in the amount of $834.44.

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Pilots Overwhelmingly AFTRA Again

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About 60 pilots for scripted network primetime programs will be shot under AFTRA contracts this year, while few – or perhaps none – will be produced under SAG jurisdiction, according to sources close to the two unions, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Maybe so. So, AFTRA’s reach is growing in network primetime scripted programming.

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Rosenberg v. SAG Lawsuit Dismissed

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The lawsuit filed 1-1/2 years ago by SAG's then-president Alan Rosenberg against his own union has finally been dismissed, according to court records and a source with knowledge of the matter. The dismissal actually came several weeks ago, but appears not to have previously been reported. Check out my residuals chart there too.

Hollywood Labor: SAG Source Says a Strike Unlikely, Joint SAG-AFTRA Bargaining Likely; and the Year Ahead

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A SAG strike in the upcoming negotiating cycle is “difficult to envision,” a source from SAG’s moderate faction, Unite for Strength, told me, though he/she cautioned that avoiding one will require that management negotiate reasonably and he/she wouldn’t take the strike option off the table (as, indeed, no union could). bump in minimum wage rates.

SAG Approves Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

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The Screen Actors Guild national board this morning approved an agreement to hold joint negotiations with AFTRA with the studio alliance (AMPTP) later this year, for 45 days starting on October 1. That was the date for SAG and the AMPTP to begin early negotiations. Now it will be SAG and AFTRA jointly meeting with the AMPTP.

Hollywood Labor: The Tyranny of Time

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One key to understanding Hollywood labor is a tool that was invented thousands of years ago: the calendar. That much became clear in the last round of major negotiations, which lasted from 2007 to 2009, and featured a writers strike and a SAG stalemate. which is due out next month. Or they may be with the AMPTP. This is expected, but is not a given.

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Breakthrough in Teamsters talks; deal ratified

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In a surprising development, Hollywood Teamsters leaders at a standing room only membership meeting this morning asked the membership to ratify a 2 year contract proposed by the studios. The membership then voted 97.3% to 2.7% to ratify, ending the possibility of a strike that could have shuttered much film and television production.

WGA Sends Out 'Pattern of Demands' Seeking Major Contract Improvements

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Goals include increases in minimums, pension and health, home video residuals and new media reuse, and revamps of pitching process. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

Comcast Writers Overwhelmingly Vote for WGA in Unofficial Secret Ballot

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About 3/4 of eligible writers voted in an unusual procedure supervised by LA City Council president Eric Garcetti, meant to draw attention to labor issue. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

SAG Manager Investigated for Embezzlement of Unclaimed Residuals

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Two employees were discharged, one for possible embezzlement of $200,000-$250,000 and the other for violation of policies. An outside probe is ongoing. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal

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The deal, which provides for 2% annual pay increases and a one-time 1.5% boost in pension and health, will soon go to the membership for ratification, with a ballot return date in January. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Check out my residuals chart there too.

AFTRA Investigation Finds No Misconduct by Board Member Over SAGWatch Site

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The union's outside counsel determines that David Browde did not violate non-disparagement or confidentiality rules and is not an owner or editor of the site. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

LA AFL-CIO Pledges to Send Picketers to ‘Biggest Loser’

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Details: The Hollywood Reporter. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

SAG/AFTRA Negotiations Almost Unraveled at 'Perilous Moments'

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An exclusive look inside the bargaining room of last Sunday's deal that insiders say went right down to the wire. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

Picketers to Face Replacement Workers at 'Biggest Loser' on Monday

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IATSE decries 'strike-breakers' hired by production company to cross picket line. It looks like there will be fireworks Monday morning at NBC’s Biggest Loser, as IATSE picketers confront replacement workers hired by the show’s production companies. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece

EXCLUSIVE: Union Starts Picketing 'Biggest Loser'

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Fifty crew members walk off Wednesday's shoot; the group is demanding a union contract for the reality show with pension and health benefits. union drama unfolded Wednesday in the Santa Monica Mountains high above Malibu as a small group of below-the-line workers picketed at the state park where NBC's The Biggest Loser is produced.

SAG, AFTRA Give Up First-Class Travel

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Actors will be flying business class and sometimes coach as part of the unions' new deal with the studios. Details in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

Analysis: How the Guilds Lost the 'Hobbit' War

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Will entertainment workers of the world unite? Probably not any time soon. They just tried, and it blew up in their faces. But why? The analysis is in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

SAG/AFTRA Deadline Passes Without Deal With AMPTP

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Negotiations continue into the weekend and possibly beyond. Details in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Showbiz Labor Guide Party!

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My friends at the Showbiz Labor Guide are having a launch party for this year's edition. It's this Thursday Nov. 4. For details and to RSVP: [link]. See you there

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SAG Negotiated with WB to Lift 'Hobbit' Boycott

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The guild’s role in New Zealand dispute had been previously unknown. For details, see my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

New Zealand to 'Fight Like Hell' for 'The Hobbit'

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I've got the details no one else does, exclusively on The Hollywood Reporter. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

JLH on NZ radio re Hobbit

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I'll be on New Zealand Radio Live [link] one hour from now, i.e., 9:10 p.m. LA time. Have a listen! -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

SAG Elects Ned Vaughn 1st National VP

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Election completes moderate, pro-merger sweep. For details, see my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Peter Jackson: 'Hobbit' decision in "week or two"

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Situation unchanged after union, management meeting. Details in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

New Zealand actors split on 'Hobbit' stance

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Some fear guilds' unionization stand will drive out production. For details: my THR piece. ———————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Australian official calls for end to 'Hobbit' spat

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And Scotland weighs in as well. Details: [link]. ——————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

N.Z. government offers to mediate 'Hobbit' spat

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And meanwhile a fire destroys a "Hobbit" miniatures facility. For detail, see my THR piece: [link]. ———————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

IATSE and Teamsters Reach Mutual Assistance Pact

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have entered into an agreement to work together toward common goals. The move represents a major change from the previously frosty relationship between the two unions. IATSE represents most below the line crew.

Mitigation ‘Round About Midnight?

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That sweet walkaway payday for Conan O’Brien might not be as rich as it sounds. Media such as Variety are reporting that NBC is likely to pay Conan $30 to $40 million to settle out his contract, with a deal to be reached shortly. Here’s how it works. If he fails to do so, the payments from NBC could stop. Now on to offset.

SAG, AFTRA start talks with studios

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For details, see my Hollywood Reporter piece.

SAG Moves towards Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

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The SAG National Board yesterday passed a resolution, by a surprising 82% to 18% vote, directing the guild’s president and National Executive Director to “seek engagement with AFTRA in a joint bargaining agreement for negotiation of the Television/Theatrical Contract,” as quoted in a SAG press release. The meeting adjourned just after 5:00 p.m.

NBC Universal Writers Pen Letter of Support for Comcast Writers

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The letter also asserts Comcast CEO promised at Congressional hearing “‘to continue the good relations with the guilds and with the unions that NBC Universal has.’” The WGA’s effort to represent Comcast writers is heating up. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

DGA and Studios Reach Tentative Deal

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However, union will not release details until Wednesday board meeting. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

SAG-AFTRA Joint Board Approves Studio Deal

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A ballot referendum recommending ratification will soon go out to members, for return by mid-January. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

People on the Move: SAG Lawyer Joining Fox

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SAG vet Laura Beedy Ritchie moves to the other side of the table in 10 days. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

DGA Talks Continue for Third Week

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Still no news as talks go into possibly final week. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.